Sunday Morning

July 13, 2009 7:54 AM

A Sunday morning here.

posted by micayetoca (21 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

I love the space you've created with these instruments. The clangier parts of the percussion are great. And the vocal performance is spot on. Really enjoyable.
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 8:50 AM on July 13, 2009


So cool.
posted by The World Famous at 10:49 AM on July 13, 2009


Man, that's cool. I love the space. Really cool groove and sounds.
posted by uncleozzy at 11:50 AM on July 13, 2009


This is a great way to do this song.I wish my sunday mornings were more like the way this song feels. Where is the picture from?
posted by dagosto at 1:08 PM on July 13, 2009


Hey, thanks to all. I'm glad no one has complained. The photo is in La Habana, where I'd rather be any Sunday morning.
posted by micayetoca at 3:56 PM on July 13, 2009


To elaborate a bit, I am always floored by your use of percussion and ambient reverb to create an organic, live feel. Your treatment of this song evokes a definite feeling that is just perfect. It belongs in a good movie.
posted by The World Famous at 4:12 PM on July 13, 2009


Love it, micayetoca. Whistling! Get that whistling tag in there. Your percussion makes me think of a large metal pot falling in the restaurant kitchen, that you can only kind of hear. Your voice sounds made for this song. That's a cool sound that comes in right at the end. What is it?
posted by Corduroy at 6:19 PM on July 13, 2009


Wow, this is sweet, and if I may so so, your solidest groove ever. LOVE the sound of it too, the ambiance, wonderful. Reminds me more than a little of The Latin Playboys, and since they're one of my absolute favoritist bands ever, that's a high compliment. Great job, mica.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:23 PM on July 13, 2009


Holy moly, why would anyone complain?! This is great!
posted by ORthey at 7:23 PM on July 13, 2009


A very relaxed groove, both sleepy and slightly uncomfortable, at the same time. I loved the lo-fi feel of this, rather a lot.
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 8:40 PM on July 13, 2009


Your percussion makes me think of a large metal pot falling in the restaurant kitchen, that you can only kind of hear.

I read this comment and then listened to the song, and I could not shake the image of the song being played by a group of chefs in a kitchen, playing the pans hanging overhead with their wooden spoons.

This is really pretty great, though, and like others have said, it really has a sense of space to it -- all your stuff, you know, feels like it's in a particular space, being played by a group of friends -- maybe it's a combination of your use of the stereo field and the casual vibe your songs always have.

(It is kind of hilarious, also, that you -- of all people -- might be the most self-deprecating person on MeFiMU.)
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 12:49 AM on July 14, 2009


It's funny that everybody says that about the percussion. Most of it is actual drums, respectfully taken from this video. Then I took one of the drumstick strokes to make the clave and I added some guacharacha played by me. I think that's the sound you asked about, Corduroy, it's there throughout the song, but in the last part I'm playing in a different way, so that might be why it stands out. If you didn't mean something percussive, it might be my girlfriend singing "tara ra ra ra raaaaaaa".

When I said "I'm glad no one has complained" I meant that I thought someone could object to this because they don't mix easily. Doing songs in English with straight out Latin rhythms like this, in the best case scenario can result in the Rei Momo effect. Worst case scenario, someone can say "I'm tired of this taking songs and 'translating' them to Latin music (see Bossa n' Stones)."

I've had the intention of doing a danzón for a while now. And this song had a relaxed vibe that lent itself easily to that. I'm glad no one complained.

Now, 'self-deprecating'? How so?
posted by micayetoca at 6:01 AM on July 14, 2009


Oh my this is just what I needed. Thank you!
posted by YoBananaBoy at 11:43 AM on July 14, 2009


Now, 'self-deprecating'? How so?

Well, apart from the "I'm glad no one has complained," which I incorrectly read as a view on quality and didn't realize was directed toward stylistic purists (but still!), there are recent comments like "I know I'm gonna be trashed by Karlos the Jackal and stomped all over by the Major" and "Oh wow, I wasn't expecting such a good response. I almost didn't post the song because I felt it was too rough," and "I didn't like the way my voice sounds (as always)" -- you're a pretty modest guy (especially in proportion to your talents), is all I'm saying.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 4:51 PM on July 14, 2009


I didn't realize I was coming across as such a consistent whiner. I guess what it comes down to is the difference between how I hear these things in my head (where there are no budget restrictions to hire an orchestra, this version of Sunday Morning, for instance, in my head had oboes, flutes and violins) and how they end up sounding when I record them. But point taken, I'll stop complaining. I can't believe those are actual quotes.
posted by micayetoca at 5:16 PM on July 14, 2009


mica, you WHINER! Quit'cher whining, you hear? NOW!

But, hey, consider the source... I mean, just look at this random sampling of comments from Karlos the Jackal: "I am the best musician here, and none of you palookas can touch me with a 10-foot pole!", or "Man, nobody lays down tracks as good as mine, and anybody sez it's not so, I'll KICK THEIR ASS!", or rhis one: "You people might as well stop posting here, cause my shit is untouchable, muhfuggas, unTOUCHable!"

I tell you, that Karlos, he kills me!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:33 PM on July 14, 2009


Yeah, you whiner! Seriously, songs like this are why I always look forward to you posting.

Ok, even more seriously now, you don't have a light touch with your music, but a gentle one, and it makes your music very easy to absorb and fall into. Good show man!
posted by snsranch at 5:57 PM on July 14, 2009


This is really full of life. I agree very much with those who say your songs always convey a sense of space. I also always get the impression that the songs are played by a group of friends and that we're hearing a nearly spontaneous recording. Almost like a field recording of musicians who'd be playing anyway, because that's just what they do.
posted by edlundart at 9:40 PM on July 14, 2009


Not whining! Modest! I don't mean to be accusatory or anything. I have the same tendency and I've been called on it before, so I notice it a lot more than I used to, in myself and others.

I guess what it comes down to is the difference between how I hear these things in my head [...] and how they end up sounding when I record them.

Man, I know how that goes, though.

"You people might as well stop posting here, cause my shit is untouchable, muhfuggas, unTOUCHable!"

Well, I wouldn't say it if it weren't the straight dope.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 11:47 PM on July 14, 2009


I don't have much to add except that this is awesome. Making a whistle into something good is tough, but you did it.
posted by COBRA! at 8:32 AM on July 15, 2009


Micayetoca, this is wonderfully sleepy, even woozy. I think the non-auto-tuned quality of it serves the song nicely. This is terrific.
posted by umbú at 8:21 PM on July 17, 2009


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